BWF World Tour Finals: Sindhu reaches World Tour Finals title with a thrilling win over Yamaguchi

Olympic medalist PV Sindhu of India stormed into the title match of the World Tour Finals badminton tournament after registering a struggling and thrilling three-game win over Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi on Saturday. Sindhu has reached the final of this last tournament of the season for the third time. She won this title in 2018 and she is the only Indian to achieve this feat. World No. 7 Sindhu’s record against No. 3 Japanese was 12-8. After winning a bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympics, Sindhu reached the semi-finals of the French Open, Indonesia Masters and Indonesia Open. She lost the Swiss Open final in March.

Sindhu defeated Yamaguchi 21-15, 15-21, 21-19 in a thrilling semi-final match that lasted one hour and 10 minutes. Sindhu will face Korea’s AN Seung against whom Sindhu has a career record of 0-2 in the final. Sindhu won the first game 21-15 but lost the second game 15-21. Sindhu was leading 15-12 in the deciding game and took two points to extend her lead to 17-12.

The Japanese made a comeback to collect five points in a row and leveled the score at 17-17. Sindhu then took a 18-17 lead, but Yamaguchi drew a point after leveling 18-18 to take a 19-18 lead. The Indian then leveled 19-19 and made the final with two points to end the match 21-19. Earlier, in the first semi-final, Siang defeated Thailand’s Pornpawee Chokuwang 25-23, 21-17 in 55 minutes.

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